Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," which means that many of us are stuck at work during one of the biggest party days of the year. But you don't have to be in New Orleans to get into the Mardi Gras spirit. You can bring (some of) the festivities with you to your place of work. Bringing in traditional Mardi Gras foods, setting the right decorations and playing the right music can help create a French Quarter atmosphere in your office or break room.
Items you will need
- CD player
- New Orleans jazz CDs
- Cajun foods
- Brightly colored streamers
Send out a memo or email to everyone in your office letting them know when and where the Mardi Gras party is taking place. Ask that they wear costumes (if allowed) to get into the spirit. Costumes appropriate for Mardi Gras include feather masks, jester hats and boas.
Decorate the party area with brightly colored streamers and balloons to match. Mardi Gras colors are bold -- include gold, purple and green. It's also a good idea to hang decals or cutouts of jesters and masquerade masks for an added Mardi Gras effect.
Set up a table with an array of Cajun dishes. Some Mardi Gras-type foods include jambalaya, jumbo shrimp, crawfish, corn, rice, okra and catfish. Regular meats, including pork, turkey or chicken may also be included, as long as they're seasoned with Cajun spices. It's also traditional to order or bake a king cake. This is a cake with a small plastic baby baked inside. Whoever gets the slice with the baby in it must host the Mardi Gras party next year.
Play New Orleans-style jazz in the background while people mingle and eat. Some examples of musicians who may be appropriate for a Mardi Gras party include Dr. John, The Neville Brothers or The Dukes of Dixieland.
Give your colleagues a bag of party favors to take home. Inexpensive and fun gifts include noisemakers, beads, masks, candy or keychains. Make sure to keep the party an appropriate length of time or have it toward the end of the day so that you and your co-workers stay productive. Bring out the party favors when it's time to begin wrapping things up.